Originally Posted by ThrillerDillerSchwill
I am encouraged to write again!
Can I encourage you to use your return key once in a while. It would make reading it much easier. I just did not have the patience to read the first paragraph AKA original post. But here is my response from what I got from it.
You do not need to have someone with the same boat teach you how to sail. Most boats made in the last 40 years are about the same or at least within a size range. Each designer did not reinvent the wheel. Most 16 footer will be alike as well as 22 footers. When boats get 25 feet and over they might have a few variations as systems get more complicated and varied. However a real sailor, one born to it, will know his way around a boat, probably knew in since looking up at the sailing mobile above their crib
Actually most experienced sailors could figure their way around any sailboat fairly quickly. Someone who has only sailed one boat and not very much could still teach you to sail but might have to work a bit to figure out how to run the jib sheets. After that it is just sailing.
If you have not read Cruise of the Snark, do so then you will not take Jack London's advice on sailing. As far as a born sailor though that could have many different aspects to it. I was born to a love of water sports, any kind, I love being on the water, sailing was a natural attraction. Could not have gotten it from my dad who got deathly seasick. I have sailed with a number of people who grew up around sailboats and they have such an intrinsic skill set, I may never obtain.
You do not mention what kind of boat you have or which books you have read, doing so would help us advise you. If your boat is more than 30 years old though you will probably be in for a big disappointment if you get a manual for it. Most older manuals were like a sails brochure congratulating you for your excellent taste, with very little information on the boat. You are better off finding an owner group online to inform you about your boat.
As to finding someone to teach you how to sail I would suggest you read a book like "The Complete Sailor" first. Because unless you are one of those people with a photographic memory you may not absorb everything the first time. Reading it while sitting on your boat may even help. Then when you get someone to teach you will be half way there.
One last suggestion pack a lunch for two and maybe bring some beer. There is always someone around the marina willing to go sailing, and some who would go out just for free food or maybe just beer.